Apple E-Book Trial Begins; Vine Arrives on Android; Dell Unveils XPS 11 Hybrid
Topping tech headlines on Monday, Apple’s e-book price-fixing case kicked off in a New York courtroom, with federal officials presenting evidence that they say proves Cupertino conspired with publishers to inflate e-book prices.
The case dates back to April 2012 when the Department of Justice sued Apple and the five publishers over an alleged “illegal conspiracy” involving e-book price fixing. The publishers have since settled with the government, but Apple is fighting the case.
Meanwhile in mobile news, Android users can finally get their hands on one of the most talked-about apps to release on iOS this year — Twitter’s video-sharing service, Vine. Four months after the app first landed on iOS, Twitter on Monday morning released Vine for Android.
Also making headlines, Dell yesterday unveiled the XPS 11, which it characterized as “the world’s thinnest, lightest and most compact convertible on the market.” While the 11.6-inch touch screen does not detach from the XPS 11, it does fold back on itself thanks to the 360-degree rotation device. You can then use the XPS 11 as a tablet, navigating by touch or via the included high-precision pen.
Here’s some other news you might have missed:
- Layoffs Hit 18 Percent of Zynga Staff: The game maker continues to trim its workforce, with reports of 520 more layoffs.
- Samsung Launches 8-Inch, 10.1-Inch Galaxy Tab 3: Both devices will be available globally this month, offering what the electronics maker called “an expanded range of options” next to the 7-inch Tab 3.
- Anonymous Provides More Details About Upcoming News Site: The site will focus on stories it deems most important; Kardashian updates need not apply.
- Yahoo Mail Classic Shuts Down: The vintage email service is no longer available.
- Verizon to Offer HTC One This Summer: In a brief statement, a Verizon spokeswoman said it will begin offering the smartphone in the coming months.
- Gigabyte Releases New Thin Ultrablade Gaming Laptops: The new lineup of gaming laptops are thinner and lighter than the usual gaming rig, thanks to Intel’s new 4th generation Core (Haswell) processors and Nvidia’s high-end GeForce GTX 765M and GTX 760 graphics.
- Chrome for iOS Gets Improved Voice Search, Faster Page Reloading: Google on Monday updated its Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad to version 27, bringing several new features and improvements.
- Amazon Offering $20 Kindle Fire HD Discount for Father’s Day: Looking for a Father’s Day present more creative than a new set of monogrammed golf balls or another tie?
- Hasselblad Enlists Buzz Aldrin to Launch Its Lunar Camera: Swedish camera maker Hasselblad has long been associated with NASA’s space exploration program.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag